Per the Athletics’ Shams Charania, Dwight Howard is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers after he clears waivers. Howard and the Memphis Grizzlies completed a buyout agreement allowing him to sign with the Lakers. Howard’s contract with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed money. This will allow the Lakers to cut ties with Howard without any cost if things go negatively.
Howard will fill a void and add depth to the center position after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL over the off-season and will be out most or all of next season. Howard and JaVale McGee are the two centers under-contract with the Lakers. Of course, Anthony Davis can play the five. The Lakers can also go small and slot LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma or Jared Dudley at the five.
Howard is an eight-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and he has been named to five All-NBA First Teams with many more accolades. Howard has played in 1044 NBA regular season games and started in 1043 of them. His regular season averages are 17.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
Howard also has experience in the NBA playoffs. With him appearing in 95 playoff games and averaging 18.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in them. Howard played with the Lakers in the 2012-2013 season. Howard has also played with the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and the Washington Wizards in his career.